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Orientation- Teaching: Never Been This Way Before

Friday, January 25, 2008

2:19 PM
1. Not business as usual
a. Being Spirit led
i. God is excited about you!
ii. You and me in our weaknesses have been tapped by God to serve the
global end-time prayer movement.
iii. We've never been this way before- it's important to follow the leading
of God.
1. God will give us everything we need if we follow his lead.
2. Galatians 5:25 (NKJV) 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk
in the Spirit.
3. 2 Corinthians 5:7 (NKJV) 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.
i. The bible tells repeatedly that we must discover how to live
with a new set of senses because the data is going to be
outside of the realm of our flesh.
ii. Proverbs 3:5 (NKJV) 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
iii. Job 11:7 (NIV) "Can you fathom the mysteries of God?
Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?"
d. Many are believing for healing, for provision, for direction.
e. Jesus in Romania in the video- healed of blindness
f. Ruth giving 20,000 and 22,000 dollars.
b. A reformation is coming
ii. 19,000 cities in the nation- none experiencing revival
1. Much good is happening, people are getting saved, the hungry
are being fed- but, the biblical norm of revival is not here.
ii. Something must change- not a tweak or an enhancement but radical
2. It's a call from one system to another.
i. For many of you your experience over the next three months
may be similar to the call of the Israelites out of Egypt.
i. The stepped into the unknown- both a season of new
freedom and movement into the desert at the same
ii. The call was to sacrifice to God in the desert.
iii. 5:3 So they said, "The God of the Hebrews has met with
us. Please, let us go three days' journey into the desert
and sacrifice to the Lord our God
iv. Pharaoh wasn't concerned about Moses' demands
because he had never experienced Gods power.
v. 5:2 And Pharaoh said, "Who is the Lord, that I should
obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the Lord,
nor will I let Israel go."
vi. This call is to move out of a powerless system into the
desert night where the fire is.
2. The challenge before us is to trust God- he has prepared us and
we have responded to his call into an unknown place.
3. Joshua 1:2-3 (NKJV) 2 "Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore,
arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land
which I am giving to them--the children of Israel. 3 Every place
that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I
said to Moses.
4. Joshua 1:6-7 (NKJV) 6 Be strong and of good courage, for to this
people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore
to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very
courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law
which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to
the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you
iii. It's a challenge to humility- we've never been this way before.
3. Joshua 3:1-4 (NKJV) 1 Then Joshua rose early in the morning; and
they set out from Acacia Grove and came to the Jordan, he and all
the children of Israel, and lodged there before they crossed over.
2 So it was, after three days, that the officers went through the
camp; 3 and they commanded the people, saying, "When you see
the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priests, the
Levites, bearing it, then you shall set out from your place and go
after it. 4 Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about
two thousand cubits by measure. Do not come near it, that you
may know the way by which you must go, for you have not
passed this way before."
2. A presence driven life will translate into a revelation driven life
i. When we are in the midst of God's presence continually we
will see God move.
i. Prayer in the cave- lengthy prayer, it started with me
alone in the cave
ii. Girl with fear of the dark
ii. John 16:13-14 (NKJV) 16:13 However, when He, the Spirit of
truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will
not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He
will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will
glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to
iii. Joshua was preparing the Israelites to possess their
iv. It was a call to wholehearted response and pursuit of the
Living God.
v. 1 Corinthians 2:9-11 (NKJV) 2:9 But as it is written: "Eye has
not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of
man The things which God has prepared for those who love
Him." 10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit.
For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of
God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the
spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the
things of God except the Spirit of God.
ii. Revelation! Deep things!
vi. It's this invisible realm of revelation, in the midst of God's
presence, where life for the believer really happens.
iii. Skylar's night terrors
ii. The revelation of the demon and of God's presence
brought the victory.
iii. Not only does seeing in the invisible realm help us in
day to day life, but if we understand that there are
grand plans of God unfolding beyond our line of sight,
we will learn to live an expectant and passionate life.
i. What is coming to the church and to our lives right
ii. Will we learn to trust God as we hear his voice and
discern his plans, or will we be weighed down or
dulled by the mundane life that we have witnessed
with our 5 senses since we've been born?
iii. Silence of the lambs story- there is an invisible
realm around us.
vii. Today is a first step into the unknown.
viii. God is drawing us into a life-changing experience in the
invisible realm. He doesn't simply want us to gain
knowledge about God, but he wants to burn like fire in us!
iv. On the moon- do we want to learn about air or do we
want to breathe air?
3. Joshua 3:5 (NKJV) And Joshua said to the people, "Sanctify
yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you."
ii. This verse should burn in us!
ii. The call is to readiness, to holiness, to being alert and
zealous for the presence of God.
iii. Matthew 5:8 (NKJV) Blessed are the pure in heart, For they
shall see God.
i. Yes! Sanctified people can see God, they can follow the
4. Genesis 11:1-4 (NKJV) 11:1 Now the whole earth had one
language and one speech. 2 And it came to pass, as they
journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of
Shinar, and they dwelt there. 3 Then they said to one another,
"Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly." They had
brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. 4 And they said,
"Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in
the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be
scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth."
5. Genesis 11:5 (NKJV) 11:5 But the Lord came down to see the city
and the tower which the sons of men had built.
iii. Will we allow God to view our man-made attempts to reach
heaven (religion) and to burn them in the fire of his
presence? Are we willing to release our own man made
bricks and receive what God alone can give us?
ii. Exodus 12:35-36 (NKJV) 12:35 Now the children of Israel had
done according to the word of Moses, and they had asked
from the Egyptians articles of silver, articles of gold, and
clothing. 36 And the Lord had given the people favor in the
sight of the Egyptians, so that they granted them what they
requested. Thus they plundered the Egyptians.
iii. Drop your bricks! Release your man-made blueprints for
success! Receive what God is ready to put into your hands
so you can move out into a new season of life!
6. As we hear the drawing of the Holy Spirit to move out, to follow
the Ark, to be in his presence, to cross over from the old into the
promise, will we release our dreams, plans, history and with fire in
our eyes blaze a new trail?
iv. It's voluntary weakness. Humility. The sermon on the mount